In an effort to greatly reduce waste sent to landfills, more than 130 companies or facilities have signed on to TRUE Zero Waste.
The USGBC certification program was designed to be a roadmap to achieve high diversion levels; help create a zero waste, closed loop economy; and increase bottom lines. Participating organizations learn best practices in redesigning waste systems, from upstream management, to zero waste purchasing, to training employees.
Program participants also learn how to document diversion and develop metrics to measure their progress. Participants earn credits for things like redesigning packaging to reduce waste, donating food, or buying 100% recycled products.
They must engage in those practices and maintain a specified diversion rate for 12 months to receive a certification. Some companies have seen returns of up to $100,000 to $1 million through waste sustainability projects in six months to a year.